Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine.
Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body's metabolism significantly, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability. This page describes the causes and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and offers advice on suitable herbal and home remedies to alleviate the issue as well as a question and answer service.
While stress is an important factor in hyperthyroidism, it’s not the only one: the autoimmune system can also come into play by producing antibodies that work against the thyroid. Slow-onset food allergies can also contribute to hyperthyroidism.
They are often difficult to screen for, so the only way to potentially improve the situation is to avoid highly allergenic foods for at least a month. The most common culprits are dairy products, wheat, chocolate, coffee, tea and alcohol.
While some people react to cigarette smoke, others are hypersensitive to the mercury contained in dental amalgam (fillings).
Women are the most likely to encounter hyperthyroidism, with many cases of the condition arising during periods of change, such as adolescence, pregnancy and menopause.
Nutrition tips for hyperthyroidism
The following food help with a healthy thyroid:
- Fresh whole foods: Avoid the empty calories provided by refined foods, as proper absorption of nutrients is affected by the body’s metabolic rate
- Green foods
- Peaches and pears
- Raw fruits and vegetables
- Iodized salt
- Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, rutabaga
- Stimulants, such as coffee, tea and soft drinks
Herbs that help for hyperthyroidism
Avena sativa, better known as the common oat, works like a tranquilizer for the thyroid. In order for the thyroid to calm down, it needs to be nourished with a daily dose of iodine. But be careful not to overdo it, or else you’ll end up with the opposite result.
A.Vogel’s Stinging Nettle is also advised in cases of hyperthyroidism, due to the product’s action on calcium metabolism. Evening primrose oil (500 mg, 3 times daily) contains essential fatty acids that can help reduce the inflammatory processes caused by certain autoimmune disorders.
And last but not least, Bio-Strath helps lower the risk of dietary deficiencies due to increased metabolism, while having a calming effect on a compromised nervous system (nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, trembling, heart palpitations and exhaustion).
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